Albums/EPs

ALBUM: Starset – Vessels

Release Date: January 20th 2017
Label: Razor & Tie
Website: www.starsetonline.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/starsetonline
Twitter: www.twitter.com/starsetonline

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Columbus, Ohio cinematic rock quartet Starset made up of Dustin Bates (vocals), Ron DeChant (bass, keyboard, backing vocals), Brock Richards (guitar and backing vocals), and Adam Gilbert (drums) have come back big, and released their eagerly anticipated second album, ‘Vessels’, which boasts 15 tracks and a 70 minute running time.

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EP: Less Than Jake – Sound The Alarm

Release Date: February 3rd 2017
Label: Pure Noise Records
Website: www.lessthanjake.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/lessthanjake
Twitter: www.twitter.com/lessthanjake

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From their origins in the early 90s, Less Than Jake have been delivering their take on the ska punk sound that fused the two sounds together. Formed in 1992, nearly 25 years of material has now been put out by the band, and their latest offering, ‘Sound The Alarm’, by no means distances itself from that recognisable sound, but reinforces the fact that they’re still producing the same quality that enabled them to build-up an impressive following around the world.

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ALBUM: Decade – Pleasantries

Release Date: February 24th 2017
Label: Rude Records
Website: www.decadeofficial.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/decadeofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/decadeofficial

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After waiting four years since Decade‘s debut LP, ‘Good Luck’, you’d be forgiven for thinking Decade may have been no more. ‘Good Luck’ had the Bath-based quintet touring alongside the likes of Tonight Alive and The Used, but was it different enough to allow them to stand out from the vast range of pop-punk that we’re accustomed to? Admittedly, it wasn’t a certainty, but ‘Light Grenades’-esque Incubus lead single ‘Daisy May’ offered a flicker of hope.

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ALBUM: WSTR – Red, Green Or Inbetween

Release Date: January 27th 2017
Label: No Sleep Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wstrband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/wstrband

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It’s been near enough impossible to ignore the monumental rise of WSTR, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last year or so. The quintet from Liverpool have really risen to prominence over the last year and stamped themselves, along with Neck Deep, as the poster boys for UK pop-punk. The success of their debut EP, ‘SKRWD’, gave them scope to tour endlessly across the country.

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ALBUM: wars – We Are Islands, After All

Release Date: January 27th 2017
Label: Spinefarm Records
Website: www.weareallwars.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/weareallwars
Twitter: www.twitter.com/weareallwars

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Rugby based quintet wars fly the metalcore flag high with their debut album, ‘We Are Islands, After All’. This is a solid album; it won’t win any points for originality within the genre, but it is certainly very listenable, and doesn’t let up on the furiosity promised at the beginning right until the very end.

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ALBUM: Palisades – Palisades

Release Date: January 20th 2017
Label: Rise Records
Website: www.wearepalisades.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wearepalisades
Twitter: www.twitter.com/wearepalisades

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If you’ve never heard of Palisades before, you’re about to hear a whole lot more of them. The New Jersey based troupe are back with their third studio self-titled album. Made up of Louis Miceli (vocals), Matt Marshall (guitar), Xavier Adames (guitar), Graves (producer/DJ), Brandon Elgar (bass/vocals), and Aaron Rosa (drums), Palisades are the best band you’ve never heard of.

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ALBUM: Emmure – Look At Yourself

Release Date: March 3rd 2017
Label: SharpTone Records
Website: www.emmurecult.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/emmure
Twitter: www.twitter.com/emmuremusic

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The tail-end of 2015 saw the biggest change in Emmure‘s career to date. The entire line-up at that time, other than vocalist Frankie Palmeri, decided to step away from the group, leaving a rather massive void that needed to be filled. A few months later, Palmeri recruited former members of Glass Cloud and/or The Tony Danza Tapdance ExtravaganzaJosh Travis, Josh Miller, and Phil Lockett – and came back fighting with album number seven, ‘Look At Yourself’.

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ALBUM: Anti-Flag – Live Vol. 1

Release Date: January 20th 2017
Label: Rocket Records
Website: www.anti-flag.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/anti.flag.official
Twitter: www.twitter.com/anti_flag

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Anti-Flag have always had a very energetic set that connects and involves the audience, and in some cases they become a part of the audience by leaving the stage to carry on at the same rapid pace, which is no mean feat. This album, aptly titled ‘Live Vol. 1’, tries to encompass the whole Anti-Flag experience that you come up against live.

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ALBUM: One OK Rock – Ambitions

Release Date: February 10th 2017
Label: Fueled By Ramen
Website: www.oneokrock.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/oneokrock
Twitter: www.twitter.com/oneokrock_japan

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The title ‘Ambitions’ is a fair description of One OK Rock‘s eighth record as the band have finally had a big push to branch out from their native Japan and take on the Western world. Having sold out huge arenas in Asia over their career, the pop-rock four piece have teamed up with Fueled By Ramen with the aim of becoming the new pin-up sensations, and, let’s be honest, to sell a shit tonne of records.

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ALBUM: Greywind – Afterthoughts

Release Date: January 27th 2017
Label: Spinefarm Records
Website: www.greywindband.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/greywind
Twitter: www.twitter.com/greywindband

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Any band naming their album something like ‘Afterthoughts’ invite parody. Hack reviewers like myself could potentially pick like vultures over what parts of the record could be indeed be considered afterthoughts, and draw the two together in a vague attempt at humour. For example, afterthoughts on the album include: any variety between songs, so too any change in rhythm or pace. Lead guitar, it could also be said, is an afterthought.

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